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Yobo ruled out of Nigeria's Mexico friendly

Yobo ruled out of Nigeria's Mexico friendly

Lolade Adewuyi

Leon Balogun becomes the fourth fresh invitee to the Super Eagles for the friendly tie against the El Tri on Wednesday after the skipper's injury

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has invited Fortuna Dusseldorf defender Leon Balogun for the international friendly against Mexico on Wednesday after injury to captain Joseph Yobo.

The Super Eagles confirmed that Norwich's Yobo, 33, picked up an unspecified strain in the build-up to the midweek friendly and that the 25-year-old Bundesliga defender had been drafted in as his replacement.

"Yobo is out of this friendly against Mexico for injury reasons and has been replaced by Fortuna Dusseldorf's Leon Balogun," Nigeria's media officer told Goal.

Balogun is the fourth uncapped player named in the Nigeria squad - Ramon Azeez, Imoh Ezekiel and Michael Uchebo were handed a place in preparation for the World Cup in Brazil.

"Balogun has joined the team here in Atlanta," Nigeria's set-up told BBC. "He's very positive and mixing with others players already.

"The game against Mexico is crucial for players like Balogun and others who are keen to make a good impression ahead of the World Cup."

Balogun is eligible to play for either the Super Eagles or Germany due to having a dual nationality, but looks set to favour the African Cup of Nations holders.

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